Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Containing the chaos

We always tell people that it is easier to watch the boys at our house because we have "proofed" it so that the boys can pretty much roam all around without the temptation to get into trouble. Well, we were proven WRONG at the end of last week! I thought we were going to go crazy chasing the boys around the house and off of the stairs. We have had a barrier that did well at keeping them contained for quite a while, but these smart little guys figured out how to get through that barrier. We even duct taped the joints of the barrier together and they STILL figured out how to get through. Shane has had an idea of what he wanted to do so that the boys could go up a portion of our stairs and look out the windows. He was able to complete his idea and project this past Sunday. I am so proud of what he did. The boys have a much larger area to play in now and I have no fear that they will go tumbling down our steep stairs.

The stair barrier that my handy husband built!

See how high our stairs go up?

The boys playing on the stairs, safely!

My very first batch of pepper jelly; made from a variety of green peppers from our garden. I have to say I was a little hesitant to make this jelly, but it really wasn't hard to do at all. The only downfall is that our house now smells like a bunch of peppers. I also baked some fresh bread earlier in the morning and the smell was delicious. I am happy to report that it tastes just as yummy as it smelled! I do think that next time that I will reverse my cooking order and make the bread in the afternoon. You know, to cut down on the strong pepper smell.


I have plans to preserve my squash and some tomatoes (Roma and Big Boy). I hope to share more information on that later in the week. Again, I welcome any suggestions? Speaking of, does anyone out there have a recipe for squash relish?

9 comments:

Reba said...

Looks good! What's the over/under for them putting a block or basket in front of the divider to climb over?

keslercrew said...
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keslercrew said...

Auntie Reba~
I guess we'll have to cross that road when we get there. They tend to just ignore it since they are not able to move it around like they were the last barrier. We'll just hope they keep ignoring it. Now, don't come over here and put these crazy ideas in their head!

Reba said...

Hey, they're smart, they outnumber you and it's in their genes to be hard workers and successful in their endeavors (sp?)!!! I bet by their second birthday but hope not for you guys sake:)

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